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Title: The Black Panther Party For Self Defense: The Original Police The Police
Source: Free Thought Project
URL Source: https://thefreethoughtproject.com/b ... rs-original-police-the-police/
Published: Mar 29, 2020
Author: Johnny Liberty
Post Date: 2020-03-30 06:06:58 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 184
Comments: 13

Thirty years before the beating of Rodney King and the LA Riots. Fifty years before the killing of Michael Brown and the Ferguson riots. Two college students collaborated to create an organization to protect the black community from racist police officers. Together Huey Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party for Self Defense.

Huey Newton met Bobby Seale while they were enrolled at Merritt College in Oakland California. Prior to meeting Seale, Newton was already politically active [in the bay area] as a member of the Afro-American Association (AAA). Both young men were also heavily inspired by the teachings of civil rights leader Malcolm X.

In the wake of the Watts riots—which engulfed Los Angeles a year earlier—and the assassination of Malcolm X, Seale and Newton co-founded the Black Panther Party in October of 1966. Their goal was for the party to serve as an organization responsible for addressing mistreatment of the black community by law enforcement.

Unlike many non-violent civil rights leaders of the time, Newton and Seale drew from their knowledge of Malcolm X’s teachings and vowed to take a stand against racist police officers “by any means necessary.” Although their approach to addressing racism was often considered “radical,”  the Panthers created a movement that continues to inspire activists to this day.

Policing the Police:

In 1966, California law allowed citizens to open carry firearms. The Black Panthers exercised this freedom by organizing armed patrols to follow police and ensure they performed their duties professionally. The following year, thirty panthers staged an armed protest in front of the California state house declaring, “The time has come for black people to arm themselves.”

The protest frightened former California Governor Ronald Reagan who, in response, worked with the NRA to support the 1967 Mulford Act. The act lead to California having arguably the strongest gun laws in the nation. As Adam Winkler, the author of Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms , later noted:

“The law was part of a wave of laws that were passed in the late 1960s regulating guns, especially to target African-Americans.”

As part of their stated mission, the Panthers also helped members of their community obtain bail money when they were arrested, and assisted them in obtaining legal counsel to defend them against the charges they faced. 

A Community Project:

In addition to policing the police, the Panthers’ Ten-point platform also sought better educational opportunities for the black community, the exemption of African Americans from the draft,  and equal justice under the court system. In their communities the panthers organized free breakfast programs for children, offered free medical care, and gave lessons in self defense.

Although the Panthers were regularly vilified by news media—and feared by the establishment—their social programs provided a much needed service in their community and helped contribute to the creation of federal programs which still exist today.

At a time when the civil rights movement was reaching its’ peak, the Panthers’ ideals were noticeably empowering the black community. The Party quickly grew in popularity and, by 1968, boasted a membership of at least 10,000 people [in dozens of cities] across the U.S.

COINTELPRO:

In March 1971, anti-war activist group Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI broke into an FBI office in Pennsylvania. The group discovered a cache of documents detailing how the FBI made the targeting of civil rights groups—and leaders—a central directive in their investigative operations.

Because the Panthers openly challenged law enforcement, and many of their ideals were rooted in Marxist theory, the party quickly drew the attention of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. In response, Hoover labeled the Panthers the ‘greatest threat to the internal security of the United States’. Under Hoover’s leadership the FBI targeted the Panthers’ with a counter intelligence operation known as COINTELPRO.

While the operation was initially created to target the Communist party, Hoover quickly expanded COINTELPRO to include civil rights activists, and anyone he labeled “subversive.” In 1969 the L.A.P.D. launched a SWAT style raid on the Panthers’ office, marking the beginning of a large scale intimidation campaign against the organization.

Following the raid on their office many members of the party were summarily investigated, incarcerated, or assassinated. Due to the FBI’s infiltration and intimidation tactics, the Black Panther party’s remaining leadership became divided, and membership dwindled over the next decade. By 1980, the once 10,000 strong organization reportedly had a membership of just 27 people.

A New Generation of Activists:

Although the Panthers no longer enjoy the popularity they achieved during the height of the civil rights movement, their example has paved the way for a new generation of cop-watchers and police accountability activists. Armed with knowledge, smartphones, cameras, and sometimes firearms. A new generation of activists are taking to the streets to hold police accountable and continuing the legacy created by Bobby Seale & Huey Newton over fifty years ago.

ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE! 

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

I grew up in the 60's. Today we would call the Black Panthers a terrorist organization. Which they were.

misterwhite  posted on  2020-03-30   11:02:34 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Deckard, misterwhite, Reconquista Republican gun grabbers, scofflaw liberty haters, neo-Socialist Trumpkin Bernie Bros, *The Two Parties ARE the Same* (#0)

The gun grabbing Reconquista Republican Governor Ronald Reagan signed the Mulford Act into law in 1967 making the Right to Keep & Bear Arms openly "illegal" in California.



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Hondo68  posted on  2020-03-30   13:51:38 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Hondo68 (#2)

The gun grabbing Reconquista Republican Governor Ronald Reagan signed the Mulford Act into law in 1967 making the Right to Keep & Bear Arms openly "illegal" in California.

And you have the Black Panthers to thank for that.

misterwhite  posted on  2020-03-30   14:46:17 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: misterwhite, *Bang List*, Mulford Act Black Panthers, Take the Guns First, Trump (#3) (Edited)

And you have the Black Panthers to thank for that. [Mulford Act]

Who knew that Reconquista Ronnie was a Black Panther?



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Hondo68  posted on  2020-03-30   15:00:31 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Hondo68 (#4)

Should individual states have the power to regulate firearms under their state constitutions, or should the federal government have that power?

misterwhite  posted on  2020-03-30   15:30:19 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: misterwhite, Fake Laws, Natural God Given RIghts (#5)

Should individual states have the power to regulate firearms under their state constitutions, or should the federal government have that power?

Fake Laws are null & void whatever the source of tyranny.



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Hondo68  posted on  2020-03-30   16:13:44 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Deckard (#0)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI7CtxlisCk

rustynail  posted on  2020-03-30   19:41:40 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: misterwhite (#5)

Should individual states have the power to regulate firearms under their state constitutions, or should the federal government have that power?

State laws as separate from federal laws must also be concomitant with the United States Constitution in reference to the Second Amendment.

goldilucky  posted on  2020-03-30   19:57:43 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: misterwhite (#3) (Edited)

The gun grabbing Reconquista Republican Governor Ronald Reagan signed the Mulford Act into law in 1967 making the Right to Keep & Bear Arms openly "illegal" in California.

And you have the Black Panthers to thank for that.

Actually,you have the Black Panthers,Reagan,and the CA politicians to thank for it.

This came about because the Black Panthers took to carrying rifles and shotguns to political events. Chances are they were more of a threat to themselves than each other to the general public because let's face it,they weren't the brightest bulbs in the package,but that,and their talk of revolution and "kill whitey" caused the pubic to panic and demand stricter gun laws.

Reagan had no choice but to go along with the public demands because he was a Governor,not a dictator.

The REAL blame lies at the feet of city people. Guess what would have happened to the Black Panthers if they had shown up armed in a rural area and started threatening people. The term "clean up on the main drag" is the term that coes to mind. Back then people who lived in rural areas came from families that had always lived in rural areas,and they were used to dealing with threats on their own,and then maybe sometimes notifying the cops later. You see a rabid dog or a poisonous snake,you kill it before it harms someone,and then go about your business.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2020-03-31   10:15:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: goldilucky (#8)

State laws as separate from federal laws must also be concomitant with the United States Constitution in reference to the Second Amendment.

Only because of recent bad rulings.

But maybe you're happy the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the second amendment protects handguns in the home for self-defense. Yay!

And what about the very weapons the citizens can use against an out-of-control federal government? Nope. The second amendment doesn't protect those. If it did, states like California, New Jersey, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts and New York wouldn't have been able to ban "assault weapons".

misterwhite  posted on  2020-03-31   10:30:06 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: misterwhite (#10)

And what about the very weapons the citizens can use against an out-of-control federal government? Nope. The second amendment doesn't protect those.

Yes, the Second Amendment does protect them. They are not assault weapons, they are tools used to defend one's home from unlawful standing armies.

Define assault weapon. Because the ones actually having possession of them are the cops and SWAT.

goldilucky  posted on  2020-03-31   23:22:51 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: goldilucky (#11)

Yes, the Second Amendment does protect them.

The U.S. Supreme Court in Heller ruled that handguns in the home used for self-defense are protected by the second amendment. That's all they said.

Which is why California, New Jersey, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts and New York can ban "assault weapons".

"Define assault weapon."

An assault weapon is any weapon liberals want to ban (other than handguns used for self-defense in the home).

misterwhite  posted on  2020-04-01   11:11:45 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: misterwhite (#12)

An assault weapon is any weapon liberals want to ban (other than handguns used for self-defense in the home).

Yep,that about sums up those liberals defining assault weapons.

goldilucky  posted on  2020-04-02   19:38:50 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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